The Ramayana Circuit is a theme-based tourist circuit in India that is designed to promote and showcase places associated with the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana. The Ramayana is one of the most important and revered texts in Hindu mythology, and it narrates the story of Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and his loyal devotee Hanuman.
The circuit includes various destinations across India that are mentioned in the Ramayana or have historical and cultural significance related to the epic. Some of the key places typically covered in the Ramayana Circuit include:
Ayodhya: Ayodhya is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama and is one of the most sacred cities for Hindus. The proposed Shri Ram Mandir (Temple) in Ayodhya, dedicated to Lord Rama, is a prominent attraction.
Chitrakoot: Chitrakoot is the place where Lord Rama, Sita, and his brother Lakshmana spent a significant part of their exile. The scenic beauty of the place and the Ram Ghat on the banks of the Mandakini River are major attractions.
Janakpur (in Nepal): Janakpur is associated with Sita, as she is believed to have been born here and also married Lord Rama in the famous Sita-Rama Vivah Mandir.
Rameswaram: Rameswaram is a pilgrimage town in Tamil Nadu, known for the Ramanathaswamy Temple, which is believed to have been established by Lord Rama.
Hampi: Although not directly mentioned in the Ramayana, Hampi in Karnataka is often included in the circuit due to its historical and architectural significance. It is believed to be Kishkindha, the kingdom of the monkey king Sugriva, who helped Lord Rama in his quest to rescue Sita.
Nashik: Nashik is associated with the episode of Shoorpanakha’s encounter with Lord Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita during their exile.